Home Office

Entrepreneur denied visa for calling the UK 'stable'

Jamie Robertson

Business reporter

UK visa application centre in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post

The tangled world of Brexit has ensnared an unsuspecting victim in the form of an entrepreneur who blithely applied for a visa in the belief that the UK was a stable place to do business.

The Home Office turned him down on the grounds that he'd got it wrong - Brexit Britain, it said was certainly not stable.

A Home Office response to the application read: "You have repeatedly stated that the UK is a very stable country with very little risk of fluctuation in business markets.

"Whilst it is accepted that the UK is a very stable country politically speaking, the UK is currently in the process of leaving the European Union via the process now known as Brexit."

The case came to light on the talk station LBC, when Catherine Taroni, a barrister at Richmond Chambers, gave presenter James O'Brien the details.

Ms Taroni said: "The tweet was part of a refusal decision. It was an administrative review stage, entrepreneurs don't get the right of appeal any more.

"This applicant had been awarded all points for entry clearance as an entrepreneur, in that the Home Office had assessed his funds - he had £200,000 available and transferable to the UK - and he met all other requirements.

"The Genuineness assessment, which pervades all elements of an entrepreneur assessment, was where he became unstuck.

"There are four paragraphs in this refusal letter with the reasons the Home Office refused. But one of those was simply Brexit - the entrepreneur hadn't thought that Brexit made the UK unstable.

"That was a reason for refusal in the Home Office view."

'Will take years' before woman free of deportation threat

BBC Shropshire

A woman granted a temporary stay in the UK after being threatened with deportation has told the BBC it could be decades before she's 'totally free' to remain in the country.

Grahame French and Pauline Taylor-French
Grahame French

Pauline Taylor-French, 45, fled Jamaica 17 years ago with her two daughters after suffering violent abuse.

She had lived legally in Shrewsbury, but was told in 2017 by the Home Office her right to remain had been refused.

Last week, the Home Office confirmed she was given leave to stay for 30 months after "a full review and reconsideration of the case".

It means you have to apply for another 30 months and, after that one runs out, you have to apply for another 30 months so I think I'll be spending about 25 years in this country before I get any proper stay and be totally free."

Pauline Taylor-French